Why Did the Brits Wear Red Coats in Battle?


During the Kate and William Royal Wedding, millions around the world saw that Prince William chose to wear a uniform that included the famous British “red coat”. Many people have asked “Why did the British wear red coats in battle?”

A long time ago, Britain and France were at war. During one battle, the French captured a British Colonel. They took him to their headquarters, and the French General began to question him. Finally, as an afterthought, the French General asked, “Why do you British officers all wear RED COATS? Don’t you know the RED material makes you easier targets for us to shoot at?”

In his casual, matter-of-fact, way, the British Colonel informed the French General that the reason British officers wear RED COATS is so that if they are shot, the RED-COLORED BLOOD won’t show, and the men they are leading won’t panic.

And that is why, from that day forward, all French Army officers wear BROWN TROUSERS.

~Steve~             H/T   W & NG


5 responses to “Why Did the Brits Wear Red Coats in Battle?

  1. ha, seems appropriate for them wussies!


  2. Steve, this article is SENSATIONAL!!! 🙂


  3. LOL – I’ve also heard that white flags are standard issue in the French army. 🙂



  4. It’s a nifty story, but I do think the French military gets a raw deal. I don’t think any of us would want to tangle with the French Foreign Legion on a good day. Then there was that guy Napoleon. The French underground in WWII wasn’t too shabby. And there must be a reason that most of our military terminology comes from French: lieutenant, barrage, regiment, reconnaissance, etc. I’m of partial French descent or did you already guess that?
    I’m also from New Jersey and know all about undeserved reputations.


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